Occupational Therapist Cover Letter and Resume Examples

Occupational Therapist

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Occupational therapists are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 24 percent growth in these positions between 2016 and 2026. But that doesn’t mean that simply having the education and training will net you a high-paying job in your field.

To land the job of your dreams, you need to show the hiring manager not only that you can do the job, but that you’re the best possible candidate for the position. An impressive cover letter can help.

Our cover letter example will help you emphasize your professional skills while also demonstrating your unique qualifications for the role. Don’t forget to adapt your cover letter to your experience and customize it for each job.

Occupational Therapist Cover Letter Example

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

I am writing to express my keen interest in your open occupational therapist position as listed on jobs.com.

My ten years of experience as an OT working with a variety of populations would make me an asset to the OT team at XYZ Hospital.

I have worked as an occupational therapist for the past six years, and as an occupational therapy assistant for the four years previous. In these years, I have worked with hundreds of geriatric patients, designing and executing treatment plans for clients with fractures, hip and knee replacements, CVAs, and amputations. I have also worked with pediatric patients, providing acute care OT services for children with a variety of traumas, surgeries, and illnesses. Through all of these experiences, I have developed not only technical skills but also necessary soft skills such as patience and clear communication. I believe these experiences would allow me to achieve success working with XYZ Hospital’s diverse population.

You state in your job description that the occupational therapist will be in charge of supervising multiple OT assistants, and occasionally OT interns.

As an OT at the ABC Clinic, I have been responsible for supervising and evaluating ten OT assistants. I also plan and teach bi-weekly seminars on various aspects of OT to interns. I even received an award for “Most Valuable Mentor” from the interns last year. I am therefore confident in my abilities as an educator and supervisor.

I know that my years of experience working with diverse populations, as well as my skills as a supervisor to OT assistants and interns, would make me an excellent OT at XYZ Hospital. I have enclosed my resume, and will contact you next week to see if we might find a time to speak together. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Name

Occupational Therapist Resume Example

Firstname Lastname
2000 East St., Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 555-303-3355
Email: lastname.firstname@email.com

Work History

Occupational Therapist, Therapy Associates, Boulder, CO
Sept. 20XX-Present

Design and execute treatment plans for geriatric patients with fractures, hip and knee replacements, CVAs, amputations, and other traumas, surgeries, and illnesses. Provide continuing education to patients, family members, and caregivers through clear oral and written explanations.

  • Key Contribution: Educated, supervised, and evaluated multiple COTAs and OT students.

Occupational Therapy Assistant, XYZ Institute, Boulder, CO
May 20XX-Aug 20XX

Assessed and evaluated all geriatric patients with various diagnoses, including head trauma, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, and fractures.

Met regularly with occupational therapists and families to develop physical aid plans and explain appropriate use of physical aid equipment.

  • Key Contribution: Co-wrote, designed, and published pamphlets to assist family members with assessing and treating head trauma in elderly family members.

Occupational Therapy Intern, Denver Children’s Hospital Denver, CO
September 20XX-May 20XX

Provided comprehensive acute care OT services for children with burns, cardiac or pulmonary diseases, transplants, and amputations. Collaborated with occupational therapist to devise care plans for dozens of individual patients.

  • Key Contribution: Devised training program and job talk for ten student interns.


License of Occupational Therapy, Colorado
Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, ABC University, May 20XX
Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts in XXXXXX, University of ABC, 20XX
Cum Laude

Occupational Therapist Skills to Mention

One of the biggest challenges in writing cover letters is remembering all your skills and qualifications. Over time, workers rack up so many abilities and achievements that it’s easy to forget which ones will make the greatest impact on hiring managers.

Skills lists can help. This list of occupational therapist skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews will jog your memory and give you a place to start when applying to occupational therapy jobs.

A - C

  • Active Listening
  • Advising
  • Analytical
  • Assembling and Maintaining Equipment
  • Assess Patient Needs
  • Assessing the Condition of Clients
  • Assessment
  • Care Planning
  • Caring
  • Collaboration
  • Comprehensive Treatment Plans
  • Consulting with Rehabilitation Team Members
  • CPR
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Customer Service

D - H

  • Daily Living Skills Instruction
  • Decision Making
  • Delegating
  • Detecting Early Warning Signs of Medical Complications
  • Develop Treatment Plans
  • Diagnostic
  • Document Care Plans
  • Document Treatment Plans
  • Document Progress
  • Documentation
  • Documenting Treatment Outcomes
  • Empathy
  • Engaging in Professional Development
  • Establishing Rapport with Clients
  • Evaluate Care
  • Explaining Exercises
  • Flexibility
  • Handling Confidential Information

I - O

  • Implement Treatment Plans
  • Instructing
  • Interpersonal
  • Interpreting Medical Records
  • Leading Meetings
  • Lifting Significant Weight
  • Maintaining a Safe Working Environment
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Mentoring Staff
  • Modify Care
  • Modifying Equipment
  • Modifying Interventions to Fit Changing Conditions
  • Multitasking
  • Observation
  • Occupational Therapy Evaluations
  • Occupational Therapy Intervention
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Ordering Equipment and Supplies
  • Organizational

P - W

  • Patience
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Evaluations
  • Planning Care
  • Preparing Billing Statements
  • Problem Solving
  • Promoting Programs and Services
  • Reliability
  • Remaining Calm with Agitated Clients
  • Supervision
  • Taking Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Training Staff
  • Verbal
  • Visual Acuity
  • Working Independently
  • Writing

How to Send Your Resume and Cover Letter Via Email

These days, you’re more likely to submit your cover letter and resume through email. In that case, the basic message of your cover letter stays the same, but you’ll need to keep a few formatting guidelines in mind, including: 

  • List your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message, e.g., “Subject: Occupational Therapist Position - Your Name”
  • Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information.
  • Follow the instructions in the job listing. If the ad specifies that you should send your resume and cover letter as a specific file type – for instance, as a PDF – make sure you do so. The same goes for sending documents via attachment or cut-and-pasted into the body of the email.
  • Double-check your message for spelling and grammar. Consider asked an eagle-eyed friend to act as a proofreader as well.
  • Send yourself a test message before sending your final document to the hiring manager. You might be surprised at the formatting errors you uncover in the test. Remember, you want your message to stand out, not your formatting choices. An odd line break might distract the hiring manager’s attention from your qualifications, or make it appear as if you’re not sufficiently attentive to detail.